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Fodera: 34" w/ Extended B, or 35" Regular B???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jokerjkny, Nov 13, 2002.


  1. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    Hey all,

    if you were to buy a Fodera 5'er, would you get a 34" scale with their extended LowB, or their 35" scale with regular Low B?
     
  2. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia
    35" scale with extended low B:p :D
     
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    34" with extended B. Why add the extra scale length if you don't want it?
     
  4. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Both set-ups work. It's really a physical issue/decision. If you're hands are smaller you may want to stick with the 34 anyway. I've had a couple of 34" Fodera basses and they all had very respectable B strings.
     
  5. 34" with the non-extended B peghead. I am still not sold on the effect of string length from nut to tuning machine.
     
  6. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    i like the extra tension on all my strings, not just the B.
    35
     
  7. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    34 without the extended peghead.


    it doesn't do anything.
     
  8. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    He is correct. The only thing that matters is the distance between bridge and nut. Everything after those do not vibrate, and therefore do not add/detract from tone/sound.
     

  9. Totally agreed, I cant believe that Fodera or any ohter bass manufacter believe in that.
     
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Actual, wrong. The entire bass vibrates, to varying degrees;)
     
  11. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD

    Well... but.. but ... but.... you know what I mean!! :mad:


    ;)
     
  12. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Hi!

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd rather play a 34" scale.

    Rob
     
  13. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    woah,

    so, you're tellin' me Joe/Vinnie have been pullin' the wool over my eyes??? hmm...

    wouldnt the LowB be tooo floppy to effectively slap or even finger on? i use a .128 if that matters.

    are Fodie's 35" scale that much worse to play than a 34".

    any Elrick guys wanna comment on our 35" feel vs. Fodera's 35" feel???
     
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    My Elrick NJS fretless is easily one of the best feeling and sounding B's in existence IMO. Can't say I've had the same experience with Foderas though they usually were quite nice.
     
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I know... it was a fun way to say I disagree;)

    I don't know how much effect the tuner placement makes on the Foderas. I do know that I don't know enough about them to say they make no difference.
     
  16. The position of the string on the headstock has no effect on the sound once a note is fretted. Try putting a locking nut on a fixed-bridge guitar as a demonstration--while open strings may sound different with the nut locked and unlocked, fretted notes are the same.
     
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I think a point that may be missed is that tone/sound are not the only things that could be affected by this arrangement.
     
  18. True, but that's the way Fodera's marketing it.
     
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  20. Seems that way to me. You can't honestly market it on tension since you're not changing the scale length.